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MSF At A Glance

For over 50 years, Mercer Street Friends has been providing practical solutions to the most difficult problems facing our community. As a non-denominational, Quaker-affiliated organization, we strive to embody the Quaker values of simplicity, integrity, community, and diversity. We leverage our deep community connections to develop high-impact solutions that fill the urgent needs of the individuals, families, and communities we serve.

WE FEED THE HUNGRY....
Our Food Bank supplies over three million pounds of food each year to more than 60 organizations in Mercer County including the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), Homefront, Crisis Ministry, and The Rescue Mission of Trenton, that feed over 25,000 people at risk for hunger. Our “Send Hunger Packing” program provides 250 children with backpacks full of nutritious food to tide them over weekends and school breaks when they have no access to school breakfast and lunch programs and would otherwise go hungry. Our outreach specialist provides assistance with accessing food stamp benefits, and our nutritionist provides education on healthy eating with a particular focus on combating childhood obesity.

WE CARE FOR THE SICK AND ELDERLY....
Our Home Health Care program provides a full range of home-care services to over 2,000 ill, disabled, and frail individuals throughout most of Mercer County. Nurses, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, wound care specialists, registered dietitians, behavioral health specialists, medical social workers, and home health aides work together to provide seamless, comprehensive, and coordinated treatment that maintains dignity and helps people heal. Because of Mercer Street Friends, people who face serious health issues can remain in their homes and among their loved ones to live life to its fullest potential.

WE STRENGTHEN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES....
Our Parenting and Adult Services programs builds individual competency through education, employment support, and parent training. We help those who are out of work prepare for and gain employment. We work with at-risk families to promote nurturing, non-violent parenting skills. We build basic literacy skills to help our clients achieve a high school diploma and refresh academic skills for further training and education. We work with parents to improve their language and literacy skills along with those of their children. Our Children and Youth Services division works to keep at-risk youth in school and out of gangs. We provide delinquency and violence prevention, enrichment, vocational training, and clinical services to over 120 teenaged youth. Our Abbott pre-school classrooms provide a safe, stimulating environment, where 90 children learn and thrive. Our newest project, the West Ward Alliance, is a long-term initiative to harness the potential for transformation within a community. The Alliance is based on the twin beliefs that ordinary people know best what their families and communities need, and that ordinary people, given the proper training, motivation, and support can take extraordinary steps to improve the quality of life in their communities.